13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14

Zurich

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town and then examine the collection at Air Force Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then take a stroll through Niederdorf, then take a stroll through Schanzengraben Canal, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Limmatquai.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Zurich, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Lucerne

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) and The Rosengart Collection. You'll explore and learn at Glasi Hergiswil and Richard Wagner Museum. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, examine the collection at Bourbaki Panorama, admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Lucerne trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Interlaken

— 3 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Beatus Hoehlen and Oberhofen Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schloss Thun and Spiez Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Giessbachfälle (in Brienz), Vieille Ville de Thoune (in Thun) and Niesen (in Muelenen). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Schynige Platte, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Interlaken trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. August in Interlaken sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta", then contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, and then see what you can catch with Fly Fish Zermatt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Grunsee, tour the pleasant surroundings at 5-Seenweg, then explore the activities along Grindjisee, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zermatt trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Geneva

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, then wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge, then examine the collection at MEG Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Chateau de Nyon, delve into the distant past at Roman Columns, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Leman, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Ariana.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva trip website.

Drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Geneva, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.